New Zealand cuts relations with Myanmar and announces travel ban on military leadership

New Zealand cuts relations with Myanmar and announces travel ban on military leadership

Wellington: New Zealand has strongly condemned the military coup and announced a severance of all ties with Myanmar and a travel ban on the ruling army leadership.

According to the International News Agency, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared the military coup in Myanmar unconstitutional and announced that all projects that could benefit Myanmar's military government will be halted.

Jacinda Arden added that until democracy is restored, all relations with Myanmar will be severed and funding to Myanmar will be stopped, while the dictatorial occupation of the country will be banned from traveling.

On the other hand, New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nania Mahouta has demanded the release of the arrested head of the ousted government and other prisoners, saying that civilian supremacy in Myanmar must be ensured in order to restore relations with New Zealand.

New Zealand has become the first country since the military coup to sever ties with Myanmar and reject military rule, while several countries, including the United States and Britain, have strongly condemned the military coup.

Myanmar's military declared a state of emergency on February 1 and seized power and detained ousted Aung San Suu Kyi.